Hartlepool

Hartlepool is a town that has seen a dramatic renaissance in recent years. The Headland, or ‘Old Hartlepool’ is home to a number of historically important attractions such as the Heugh Gun Battery which served to protect the town from bombardment in December 1914. The Victorian resort of Seaton Carew offers miles of unspoilt golden beaches and range of traditional guest-house accommodation and hotels.

Hartlepool’s emergence as a visitor destination has undoubtedly been prompted by the development of the award-winning marina. The 500 berth marina is a real focal point for the town and is home to a growing number of top class restaurants offering food from around the world. In fact when it comes to eating out there are now over two-dozen places to choose from on the marina alone.

Hartlepool’s main visitor attraction, Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience is also to be found here. This recreation of an 18th century seaport recreates life at sea from the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. The big draw to this attraction is the fabulously restored HMS Trincomalee. Built in 1817, the ship now proudly promotes Hartlepool to all who visit.

Headland Coastline

Headland Coastline

Hartlepool Headland is formed on a peninsular of magnesium limestone which reaches into the north Sea. This geological make-up has created a coastline of mixed treasures. From golden sandy beach of the North Sands stroll along to the teeming rockpools towards the end of the peninsular where you might find yourself rolling up your sleeves and searching for crabs. This area was also home to the fabled 'Elephant Rock' which finally succumbed to the erosion of the sea on May 10th 1891.

Hart Village

Hart Village

The pretty village of Hart is a must to visit, be it for a spot of lunch in an award winning traditional English pub or to discover another element of Hartlepool's history. The church, St Mary Magdalene, is the mother church of St Hilda's on the Headland. In 1596 a 'witch' Ellen Thompson was buried under the stile at the east entrance to the churchyard. This resting place was chosen so that all coming into the churchyard would walk over her. To the west of the church you can see the...

Greatham Village

Greatham Village

Visit the pretty village of Greatham on the outskirts of Hartlepool. It was here that the well-to-do early west Hartlepudlians moved to in the nineteenth century. Ralph Ward Jackson, a famous Hartlepudlian, moved to Greatham Hall during his time of power in the nineteenth century. The only remaining marks of his stay are in the churchyard where he made a point of erecting tombstones over domestic workers who died in his service, recording thereon his appreciation of their labours...

Elwick Village

Elwick Village

Elwick is an enchanting village on the outskirts of Hartlepool, ideal for a short stroll or for food and drink at its two excellent traditional English country pubs. As for its history Elwick was famous in the nineteenth century for breeding and training racehorses, several of which became winners of classical races. The McOrville Inn is named after two of its most successful racehorse. The pretty St. Peters Church suffered at the hands of the Roundhead troops during the 17th century...

Dalton Piercy

Dalton Piercy

Dalton derives from the old Saxon term meaning 'the enclosed homestead in the valley' and 'Piercy' stems from the 13th century when Adam De Brus II bestowed the manor of Dalton to his daughter Isabel on her marriage to Henry De Percy. The village now boasts a unique sculpted seat designed by sculptor David Gross. If you fancy a stroll enjoy the circular 4 mile route which takes you through Summerhill, Brieton and Dalton Piercy. Areas around Dalton Piercy are particularly scenic with...

Seaton Carew

Seaton Carew

A splendid promenade connects the Marina with Seaton Carew village, one of the Victorian's favourite North East locations. Seaton Carew with its miles of broad golden sands and safe sheltered bathing is still the perfect venue for a traditional family day out at the seaside. Enjoy good flat beaches to fly kites and build castles, rock pools to hunt shrimps and amusement arcades that flicker and sing - Seaton Carew is well worth visiting when you stay in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool

Hartlepool

Situated on the coast of North East England Hartlepool is a town that has seen a dramatic renaissance in recent years. Christian heritage is critically important to the town’s development and this story is retold inside the imposing St Hilda’s Church on Hartlepool Headland. The Headland, or ‘Old Hartlepool’ is home to a number of historically important attractions such as the Heugh Gun Battery which served to protect the town from bombardment in December 1914. The Victorian resort of Seaton...